With far more self-represented parents in court come April, ?District Judge Nigel Law discusses when reviews of ?Children Act orders should be granted

That is the question (with apologies to William Shakespeare) often raised at the end of a final hearing in a private law Children Act application.

My base court is in Blackpool, a town of some 142,000 persons, which according to the recently released 2011 census, is the divorce capital of the United Kingdom. 13.1 per cent of all people in Blackpool are divorced as against a national average of nine per cent.

Apocryphally, the percentage of separated couples in Blackpool is even higher. No one reading this short article will therefore be surprised that the district judges and the justices in the family proceedings court next door are overwhelmed with ...

Jean-Yves Gilg
Solicitors Journal

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